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Road rules are just a suggestion

By Barcham - 12 August 2013 25

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Rioter CC was on the ball to get us this picture, but sadly the subject of the picture wasn’t:

What’s wrong with this picture? Oh, the driver of the white Holden Cruze is on the wrong side of a dual carriage way with two lanes of traffic now coming towards him. I guess he didn’t see the ‘Keep Left’ sign when he turned out of Reed St.

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Road rules are just a suggestion
Lyshious 7:49 pm 12 Aug 13

Had this happen more than a few times on Ginninderra Drv. Heading out of Dunlop between Kerrigan St and the Florey Drv roundabout it’s not uncommon for someone to be barreling toward you at speed not realising that Ginninderra is no longer a dual carriageway after that roundabout.

Having said that – it is right next to Charnwood….

TheBusDriver 7:46 pm 12 Aug 13

Yikes.
One night I was on the GDE heading south into the Glenloch Interchange and went down the ramp towards the city only to encounter a car coming the other way and crawling along the right curb so they obviously knew they were going the wrong way.
Once I was stopped at the lights on Wentworth Ave facing east and some nutter tried to squeeze their car between my bus and a car in the other lane. I guess the other driver and I were so stunned we did nothing.
The worst though was some driver with a trailer heading west on the east bound lanes of the Hume Highway at over 100 km/h. I beeped at them and they looked over at me. I saw the horrified look of comprehension hit them after a few seconds followed by a rapid application of brakes.

Spiral 7:41 pm 12 Aug 13

c_c™ said :

watto23 said :

I also saw a car using the bike lane to negotiate the roundabout near Tuggeranong the other day. Its a bike lane that is seperated by a median strip. as seen on google maps….
https://www.google.com.au/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d612!2d149.069884!3d-35.4248887!2m1!1e3&fid=7

Oh yes, I’ve seen people use that separated bike lane as a traffic lane fairly often. Often it’s P plate hoons from the college, but once it was a blonde in a Merc 4×4 who looked a bit confused why the vehicle seemed not to fit comfortably between the kerbs.

I’ve seen it a few times too. As far as I can tell those times it wsa people who did it accidently. Obviously poor drivers, but it is poorly designed. As soon as they put it in it was predictable that idiots would drive down it. Perhaps a nice solid bollard may be useful.

gungsuperstar 7:30 pm 12 Aug 13

FioBla said :

Keep Left is some sort of Marxist slogan anyway.

Very good 🙂

I see this all the time on Brisbane Avenue – along with at least one car accident every 3 months. It’s hard to comprehend why people find this so difficult.

bigred 5:23 pm 12 Aug 13

Yeah, see it from time to time. Usually an honest error probably made by some one out of their comfort zone. Just another thing to be alert to.

c_c™ 5:02 pm 12 Aug 13

watto23 said :

I also saw a car using the bike lane to negotiate the roundabout near Tuggeranong the other day. Its a bike lane that is seperated by a median strip. as seen on google maps….
https://www.google.com.au/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d612!2d149.069884!3d-35.4248887!2m1!1e3&fid=7

Oh yes, I’ve seen people use that separated bike lane as a traffic lane fairly often. Often it’s P plate hoons from the college, but once it was a blonde in a Merc 4×4 who looked a bit confused why the vehicle seemed not to fit comfortably between the kerbs.

Devil_n_Disquiz 4:57 pm 12 Aug 13

I have had a car coming towards me on the wrong side of the road on the old Russell Roundabout, and the Woden roundabout. But the best fun I had was when I was going down the off ramp Commonwealth Ave onto Parkes Way and met a car coming up that same ramp. That was almost an undies changing experience. The car just blasted across 3 lanes of Commonwealth Ave then across the huge grass median strip and continued south on his merry way.

watto23 4:47 pm 12 Aug 13

I have seen this on roundabouts, with the driver turning right the most direct way, both time they were DC number plates. I try to forgive them, yet i have no issues driving on the right side of the road in other countries.

I also saw a car using the bike lane to negotiate the roundabout near Tuggeranong the other day. Its a bike lane that is seperated by a median strip. as seen on google maps….
https://www.google.com.au/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d612!2d149.069884!3d-35.4248887!2m1!1e3&fid=7

TP 3000 4:47 pm 12 Aug 13

The only time I encounted someone going the wrong way down a carriageway was when the newly duplicated section of Cotter Road. Some old guy came the wrong way, so I just came at him with the high beam. At the last minute I just swerve out of the way. He then heads over to the right side.

None of this can be worse then seeing a Highway Patrol officer pulling someone up on the top of the hill on the Hume Highway just before the Goulbourn turnoff.

Blen_Carmichael 3:14 pm 12 Aug 13

The ‘No Entry’ / ‘One Way’ signs at the exit to Hughes and Deakin shops’ one way car park are also to be ignored, apparently.

magiccar9 2:40 pm 12 Aug 13

I don’t see how this could happen… Even if you miss the sign when turning out of Reed St, the line markings should be a dead give away – all the driver would have to do is keep his car inside the lines, not an overly difficult task one would assume.

FioBla 2:38 pm 12 Aug 13

Keep Left is some sort of Marxist slogan anyway.

bundah 2:37 pm 12 Aug 13

Yep I’ve seen ’em going down Northbourne Ave in the wrong direction a few times so i’d suggest this is not a rare event. Last week i was confronted by an expensive black SUV driving the wrong way on Captain Cock Cres. Despite repeatedly flashing her the attractive well groomed blonde woman totally ignored me and continued on her merry way.

Unfortunately for her a white commodore(oh the irony) was behind me travelling the right way ,lights on, in the right hand lane and wasn’t moving across so both stopped momentarily facing each other and the driver of the SUV was forced to perform a U-turn. When will the stupidity end??

Alderney 2:17 pm 12 Aug 13

enrique said :

Have had this happen to me…twice!

The first: it’s night-time, raining, I’m driving along minding my own business doing 80 on the Monaro highway just going past Hume towards Fyshwick, turn the bend where the big poplar trees are and WOAHHHH THERE’S A FRIGGIN CAR COMING TOWARD ME THE WRONG WAY…AT SPEED!!! Flash my high beams, hit the brakes, pull to the left. What does the freak do? Just kept pushing along on the wrong side of the road. I hope nobody behind me got injured.

The second time: I’m cruising up Commonwealth Avenue, around capital hill, come around the corner next the law courts to the start of Northbourne… again… CARRRR COMING AT ME THE WRONG WAY!!!! Flash lights, check mirrors, pull to the left. The lady in the car loses her nerve and drives up into the small bushes/ground cover next the road there. I wind down my window and ask if she’s alright and she replies. “Yes, thank you! I’m a bit confused about where I’m going” I respond saying…”the only place you’re heading is bloody hospital, take care love. Are you sure you’re alright?” “Yep, I’ll be fine”

Talk about adrenalin rush. My heart is pumping now just remembering those two moments.

Some people have all the fun.

enrique 1:08 pm 12 Aug 13

Have had this happen to me…twice!

The first: it’s night-time, raining, I’m driving along minding my own business doing 80 on the Monaro highway just going past Hume towards Fyshwick, turn the bend where the big poplar trees are and WOAHHHH THERE’S A FRIGGIN CAR COMING TOWARD ME THE WRONG WAY…AT SPEED!!! Flash my high beams, hit the brakes, pull to the left. What does the freak do? Just kept pushing along on the wrong side of the road. I hope nobody behind me got injured.

The second time: I’m cruising up Commonwealth Avenue, around capital hill, come around the corner next the law courts to the start of Northbourne… again… CARRRR COMING AT ME THE WRONG WAY!!!! Flash lights, check mirrors, pull to the left. The lady in the car loses her nerve and drives up into the small bushes/ground cover next the road there. I wind down my window and ask if she’s alright and she replies. “Yes, thank you! I’m a bit confused about where I’m going” I respond saying…”the only place you’re heading is bloody hospital, take care love. Are you sure you’re alright?” “Yep, I’ll be fine”

Talk about adrenalin rush. My heart is pumping now just remembering those two moments.

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